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(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.)—November 20, 2013— Believers are not immune to the struggles that come in life, but the Scriptures provide passages of encouragement to see the way through. Encouraged: An Inspiring Journey with Real-Life Stories of Hope (978-1-59669-394-4, N144103, $14.99) by Brenda Ladun will guide readers in their journey.

Ladun, a prime-time news anchor, is no stranger to life’s storms. In February 2001, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and, each night, viewers were inspired by her courageous battle. Drawing from her personal experience as well as those of others, Ladun uses specific Scripture passages of encouragement to inspire readers who are going through their particular storms.

“Brenda Ladun is an Alabama treasure,” says Dr. Judy Bonner, president of The University of Alabama. “Her words of inspiration and powerful life stories remind us all of the strength of the human spirit. In the telling of these stories, we come to understand that the spirit of power and love is God’s gift. Thank you, Brenda, for sharing your story, your faith, and for inspiring us to face life’s challenges with courage and grace.”

Designed for individuals or groups, readers will find discussion questions, outreach ideas, and a detailed plan of salvation—all geared toward encouraging readers to receive God’s answers as they face their storms and find real joy in the midst of difficulties.

The accompanying DVD (1-978-1-59669-395-1, N144104, $29.99) features six video sessions to generate group discussions in book club settings.

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Prime-time news anchor Brenda Ladun is a breast cancer survivor. When faced with her personal storm, she inspired countless viewers who watched the nightly news as she underwent her courageous battle. A Susan G. Komen for the Cure award recipient, she is also the recipient of the American Cancer Society’s Life Inspiration Award and award for Best TV Coverage. She has received numerous Associated Press awards, an Emmy nomination for Best Anchor, and the Edward R. Murrow Award for Radio and Television Journalism. In addition to news reporting and writing, she founded the Brenda Ladun 5K/1 Mile Conquer Cancer Run and is active in the local school and in her church. She and her family live in Birmingham.

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